Walk 184 – Divach Falls from Drumnadrochit

Divach Falls (pronounced ‘Jeevach’) can be reached via a short 300m walk from the car. But that’s no fun! So try one of these longer routes instead and see a bit more of the area while you are there.

Print  Dog-friendly walks (note approx half of route is along single track roads / residential streets)

parking available icon  Extensive car parking at Drumnadrochit Tourist Information, A 82 (IV63 6TX)

 

Route 1 – Divach Falls from Drumnadrochit – 4.6 miles (easy)

Divach Falls from Drumnadrochit

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route image  Route:  Head south along A82, taking the first right onto Kitperrald Road. You will be following way markers for the Affric Kintail Way at first. Keep left at a fork onto a rougher road and into Craigmonie woods. Stay on this main track through the woods until emerging at some houses, at which point turn right (signposted ‘Balmacaan Walk’). Turn left at the end of this track to follow the blue and white way markers to a gate. Turn right after the gate and follow this track as it zig zags down to a single track road. Turn right onto the road (signposted ‘Dhivach’ on a 3-way directional post). Stay on the road as it crosses the River Coiltie and winds it’s way steadily uphill to Divach Falls car park. From here follow the signposts to the waterfall viewpoint. Return to the car park via the same route and retrace your steps back down the single track road to the 3-way directional post. This time head in the direction of Drumnadrochit along Balmacaan Road. This residential street leads you all the way to A82 where you should turn left to return to the Tourist Information car park in Drumnadrochit.

 

 

Route 2 – Divach Falls via Craigmonie and Balmacaan Woods – 5.8 miles (more challenging)

Divach Falls via Craigmonie

download Download a route map to your smartphone HERE

route imageRoute: Head south along A82, taking the first right onto Kitperrald Road. You will be following way markers for the Affric Kintail Way at first. Keep left at a fork onto a rougher road and into Craigmonie woods. Almost immediately on entering the woods, a narrow trail heads up to the right past a giant redwood tree, follow the way markers with the red and green stripes. There are several paths once inside the woods, but you want to stay on the one which sticks to the outskirts of the woods, so in other words keep right at all forks. After lots of uphill walking then some downhill, the landscape opens up with fields to the right. You will eventually emerge at a gate on your right, at the entrance (and exit) of Balmacaan Woods. Go through the gate, turn right and follow this track as it zig zags down to a single track road. Turn right onto the road (signposted ‘Dhivach’ on a 3-way directional post). Stay on the road as it crosses the River Coiltie and winds it’s way steadily uphill to Divach Falls car park. From here follow the signposts to the waterfall viewpoint. Return to the car park via the same route and retrace your steps back down the single track road to the 3-way directional post. This time head in the direction of Drumnadrochit along Balmacaan Road. This residential street leads you all the way to A82 where you should turn left to return to the Tourist Information car park in Drumnadrochit. 

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Impressive Giant Redwood just off the main path. An interpretation board beside it invited us to feel the bark and what a surprise when we did! Won’t give anything away – try it and see 🙂
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These green/red marker posts led the way through the woods. Often there wasn’t much in the way of a visible footpath so they were really handy!
A fair distance into the woodland section of the walk, the path started to open up onto a pleasant wide grassy path looking over fields to the right.
Walking along the quiet country roads leading up to the Falls car park, I was in awe of the sheer amount of moss growing on the tree branches. I knew from spending time out and about with some of my Countryside Ranger friends that this was a sign of good air quality. Wow, the best air quality I’ve ever come across in that case, was right here!
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The grand finale – Divach Falls

 

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